Jan 17 2011

Rio Helmi prints on sale!

Published by under Events

Rio Helmi is one of Indonesia’s best photographers – his work was mentioned in this month’s Bali travel piece in the New York Times – and he currently has a sale on his prints at his gallery on Jalan Suweta in Ubud. His sumptuous prints chronicle lives around Asia in places as diverse as Bali, … read the full post

Jan 16 2011

A great place to stay on Monkey Forest Road, Ubud, Bali

Published by under Accommodation,Ubud

We arrive in Ubud after dark with a sleeping Mr 2 and overtired Ms 4 in tow, and the long walk down a narrow footpath between mossy high walls doesn’t inspire confidence in the place we have booked to stay at for the weekend. As we enter Ubud Lestari, Mr Travelfish, who poked his head … read the full post

Jan 13 2011

Video: Exploring Bali by motorbike

Published by under Video

This video by American traveller Matthew Kyhnn really caught my eye when he first published it on his travel blog a couple of months ago, and with his permission, I’ve reposted it below. The over 11 minute video is worth watching in its entirety as it records the impressions as a first time visitor to … read the full post

Jan 09 2011

The Ubud Botanical Gardens

Published by under Kids,Ubud

The Ubud Botanical Gardens had its “soft opening” in mid 2006 and from the look of their website and the pics on the wall at the main reception area, it must have been quite a place through the next year or so… Fast forward to early 2011 and the gardens are, well, a bit the … read the full post

Jan 08 2011

Amed jukung boat trip

Published by under Amed

Visit pretty much any beach on east or north Bali and you’ll see dozens upon dozens of jukungs pulled up onto the sand. The jukung is the Indonesian fisherman’s staple vessel for getting around and you’ll see them all over the archipelago: some use nets, others trolling and others still long-line fishing. One afternoon while … read the full post

Jan 07 2011

How to avoid motorcycle fines in Bali

Published by under Health & safety

I drive or cycle through a major intersection in Sanur most days. It’s where the bypass meets Jalan Danau Buyan, but most people, tourists and locals alike, know it more as McDonalds corner as there is a very prominent McDonalds on the southeast corner. On the northwest corner is a police box. At least once … read the full post

Dec 29 2010

Bali eats: Jimbaran Seafood BBQ

Published by under Food,Jimbaran

Some things are touristy for a good reason: they are very enjoyable to do.  One such activity in Bali is going for a seafood barbecue at Jimbaran beach on Bali. Sure, cheaper places to eat seafood are around, but the setting at Jimbaran, right on the sands, often with a brilliant sunset to boot, is … read the full post

Dec 28 2010

Sanur Beach: 7 days 7 beaches

Published by under Beaches,Sanur

Many first-time visitors to Bali find themselves a little underwhelmed by the beaches. It’s a response easy to imagine considering all the beautiful beaches featured on Bali brochures and the reality of crowded Kuta. Luckily, Bali is a big island with pretty beaches enough for everyone, and over the next seven days we’ll show you … read the full post

Dec 27 2010

Pemuteran Beach: 7 days 7 beaches

Published by under Beaches,Pemuteran

There are few points on Bali further from the airport than Pemuteran. Set towards the far northwestern point of the island and very close to the Bali Barat National Park, Pemuteran is a gently curving dark sand beach that is best known for its diving and snorkelling, and also for use as a base to … read the full post

Dec 26 2010

White Sand Beach: 7 days 7 beaches

Published by under Beaches,Candi Dasa

Pantai Putih (White sand beach) is set about a 20-minute drive north of Candi Dasa on Bali’s eastern coast. It’s one of those hidden away beaches that gets a mention in most guidebooks but few people ever actually bother getting to because it involves a bit of travelling to reach. That’s good news for you, … read the full post

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